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Free Speech Isn’t Always Valuable. That’s Not the Point.

Speech Religion Newseum

We shouldn’t think about free expression in terms of value. What’s important is that free expression rights are indivisible.
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Justice Sotomayor Expresses Concern Over Court’s True Threat Jurisprudence

What level of intent makes someone’s words a true threat? She thinks the Supreme Court should clarify.
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Federal Appeals Court: Artistic Expression Can’t Be Used to Punish Defendant

The court held that a defendant’s musical lyrics, which referenced violence and drugs, could not be used as objective evidence of his motive for unlawfully possessing a machine gun.
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Sexually Explicit Picture Not Fighting Words, Rules Colorado Appeals Court

The court found that a 14-year-old did not commit disorderly conduct because the explicit picture he drew was protected by the First Amendment.
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First Amendment Freedoms Need “Breathing Space”

First Amendment Scholar David L. Hudson discusses the concept of protecting questionable speech in order to provide “breathing space” for other expression.
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Federal Appeals Court Upholds South Carolina Anti-Profanity Law

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You better not curse within hearing distance of a church or school in South Carolina.   That’s because the state has a law that specifically bans such profanity.  Krystal Johnson challenged
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Georgia High Court Invalidates Law Prohibiting the Insulting of School Officials

A Georgia law prohibiting any non-student from upbraiding, insulting, or abusing a public school official in the presence of a minor infringes on too much protected speech, the Georgia Supreme
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Federal Judge: School Officials Justified in Suspending Student for Cyberbullying

What happens when cyberbullying laws and policies collide with a student’s First Amendment free-speech claims? A recent federal district court decision out of New Jersey recently struck the balance in
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Speaking Up: Newseum Institute Celebrates Free Speech Week

Free Speech Week

As part of Free Speech Week, the Newseum Institute will host a free program on Oct. 20, “Free Speech: Still the ‘American Way’?”
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‘I am America’

Muhammad Ali

“I am America,” Muhammad Ali famously declared. “I am the part you won’t recognize. But get used to me – black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own. Get used to me.”
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